Colin Melville Appointed as New Team Leader for Volunteering

Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface (CTSI) is delighted to announce the appointment of Colin Melville as the new Team Leader responsible for Volunteering.

Colin is well known to the local community groups around Clackmannanshire as he has been working with many of them in his current role as Communities Development Officer. That role was originally funded by National Lottery Community Fund to help with the establishment of new charitable organisations and support existing ones to run the five community centres and libraries released by Clackmannanshire Council. Through that work, he has established strong relationships, often helping support and work on volunteering policy work and volunteering development alongside governance and business planning. However, it is in his former role in Perth and Kinross that he has also had significant volunteer development experience within a health environment, working with Macmillan and Paths for All supporting a team of volunteer walk leaders.

Anthea Coulter, manager at CTSI, is delighted with the appointment, “Colin has built excellent relations with groups across Clackmannanshire. Although has been focused on helping new organisations that are now well established, through the pandemic he lent a hand across our services and enabled many groups to access funding and support to keep operating through a testing time. I am pleased to have him take up this permanent role now within the team and continue to build capacity across the sector around volunteering and see the growth in volunteering continue in Clackmannanshire.”

Colin will lead a small team which focuses on how volunteering can play a key role as a route to work and specifically to lead on the aims of the new national Volunteering for All strategy. This includes youth volunteering and ensuring that young people take up volunteering and get recognised through the recently refreshed Saltire Award and for groups to achieve the new Volunteer Friendly Award. Colin will also lead on the digital training, Techshare and support work that CTSI has played a critical role in before and through the pandemic.

For Colin it is an exciting opportunity “I am delighted to have been successful in my application for the Team Leader role and looking forward to developing and growing the volunteering opportunities in Clackmannanshire. To do this we will be working closely with partners and providing appropriate levels of support to our local groups and organisations which will help to achieve CTSI’s three year strategic plan.

Volunteering is at the core of most of our work and is an integral part in sustaining many local charities, development trusts and social enterprises and can dramatically help to improve communities and people’s lives whether it be for building confidence, supporting people who are living with poor mental health, learning new skills and education, routes
into work or just to “give something back” to your local area/club or group. It is great to have a new challenge and I have really enjoyed my two years in my previous post with CTSI and I am really looking forward to continuing with the team to build on the excellent work that has been developed in Clackmannanshire over the last few years”

For more information on volunteering and finding out about new volunteering opportunities in the area, please use our Opportunity Finder here on our website.; follow Volunteering Clackmannanshire Facebook Page or sign up to the Volunteering Bulletin.

To contact Colin, please email at colin.melville@ctsi.org.uk

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